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Asthma? Chiropractors Can Keep You Breathing!

Asthma has been on a sharp incline in the United States over the past 30 years, rising by more than 60 percent since 1980. It might be astonishing to know that 25.9 million Americans are suffering from asthma and over 230 million people are suffering worldwide. Today, there are 6.8 million school-age children with asthma, which means an average of three children per classroom have asthma. This makes asthma the leading chronic condition for children in the United States.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors and St. Louis is known for having extra pollen, so asthma is more prevalent in Missouri. It is a chronic lung condition that inflames and narrows the airways that bring air from the nose and mouth to the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest and can be deadly. There are a few theories on why asthma is becoming more common. Some of these theories include a rise in sedentary lifestyle and obesity, Vitamin D deficiencies, and the frequency of inhaling spray cleaners/air fresheners.

Several studies have explored the connection between spinal manipulative therapy (the chiropractic adjustment) and improvement in the symptoms of asthma. Both parents and children have reported lowered severity of asthmatic symptoms following a treatment using chiropractic adjustments. The connection between the spine, nervous system, and respiratory system can be affected in several ways. Adjustments improve respiratory function by restoring normal nerve function to the muscles, which in turn may result in symptomatic improvement in bronchitis, asthma, and allergies. Researchers in several studies have shown that spinal adjustments improve respiratory function and improve chest mobility.

The chiropractic approach to health care is natural; it addresses the important role of the nervous system in the healing process. Results can be dramatic: a 1989 Danish study of 115 families with children under the age of 7 who suffered from asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy, showed that parents of 93% of the children who were assigned to receive chiropractic treatments reported improvement in their child’s asthma condition. Many childhood and adult illnesses manifest due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations (misalignments in the vertebrae). Chiropractic care can resolve these misalignments and allow the body to function at its very best so come on in and see your St. Louis chiropractor, Dr. Alex Vidan, today! We can't wait to help you breathe better!

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